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This guide will explain to users how pre-organizing custom content around Google Reader will help keep track of downloaded Content and any Sims 3 Related Items (News, Stories, etc.). Keeping track of CC is the BEST way to alleviate game problems and use as another backup if something happens to your computer. Using RSS readers for independent CC sites will also allow you to not worry about when a creator's next update is. Their download will also be within the post!

The concept introduced here is to automate the collection of news and updates versus one personally opening a browser session, clicking a Bookmark and checking personally if a creator has shared new items or has posted updates/fixes of previously uploaded items.

What You Will Need

  • Any browser will do. Chrome is suggested.
  • A Google Account (Gmail) if you use the Google Reader as your RSS or News Aggregator of choice.
    • If you already have a favorite RSS or News Aggregator, you're of course welcome to use that.
    • And if you use devices across multiple platforms (Windows, Android/Linux, iOS/OSX), you can check for alternatives to the Google Reader.
  • Links to websites you visit, listed in notepad possibly.
    • Caveat: Some websites don't have RSS feeds, though 90% of the time the links work.
    • To alleviate websites not showing up, suggest to the CC creator to allow RSS feeds on their website, if they can/will.
    • Or if you already have an Xmarks account, or a cloud account that have all your Bookmarks sync'd, you may be able to import your bookmarks directly into the RSS Reader/Aggregator.
  • CC Magic by Granthes. (Recommended but optional!)

Step One: Finding Custom Content Sites To Visit

The website "My Sims 3 Blog"

If you already know of some websites that you ONLY want to download from skip this step. Otherwise, a good start for finding websites to download from is visiting My Sims 3 Blog. I suggest subscribing to this website after reading the "Subscribing" explanation.

Step Two: Make a List of Sims 3 Sites You Visit

This step is probably the most tedious, but worth it in the end.

  1. Start by opening up Notepad or any text editor.
  2. Visit the homepage of the website you visit regularly.
  3. Copy the URL of the homepage and paste it into notepad.
  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for each website.

Step Three: Visiting Google Reader

Step 3: Select the Red Subscribe Button
  1. Navigate to
    1. Register an account with Google (it's free) or log in with your Google account.
  2. Skip Step 1.1 if you're already logged in to Google.
  3. Select the red "Subscribe" button on the top-left corner and copy and paste one link at a time.
  4. Repeat Step 3 for each link.
Remember: 90% of the time the website links will work. Skip the websites that do not work.

Step Four: Separating Links by Website Type

If you know what kind of website each link belongs to, it is suggested that you group the links together. Say you want to keep your "downloads" sites separated from your "updates" and "stories" sites you can separate them by making folders.

Steps 1 & 2: Select "Feed Settings" then "New Folder..."
  1. With a website feed open, click on "Feed Settings"
  2. Select the "New Folder..."
  3. A box will pop up asking you what you would like to name your folder
    • I would suggest making three folders named "Sims 3 Downloads" "Sims 3 Updates" and "Sims 3 Stories"
  4. Depending on which type of website it is you can drag and drop each website into their appropriate folder

Step Five: Starring & Adding Tags to Posts

Starring posts within Google Reader is one way to either flag something to download later or make a favorite. Combine this with tagging posts and you'll be able to easily re-find the item you're looking for. It is suggested that you use the tags for download types ("Sims 3 Homes," "Sims 3 Clothing," "Sims 3 CAS," etc.). You can search for your starred items by clicking the downward arrow in the search bar and selecting "Starred Items"

An example of how Google Reader's post tagging works.
Searching for starred items.

Optional: Share Website Feeds That You Download From

If you want to share a list of Sims 3 websites you're Subscribed to you can easily share them by uploading your reader's OPML (xml) file. Please remember to edit the XML if you are subscribed to "other sites." Not everyone wants to subscribe to what you read outside of the Sims. For that, I would recommend using a free program called Notepad++ Steps for editing using that program will be shown later in this section.

Step 1: Navigate to the gear in the top-right corner and select "Reader Settings"
Step 2: Navigate to the "Import/Export" tab
Step 3: Right-Click the "download" link located next to "Your Subscriptions" under OPML, select "Save As" and save it somewhere easy to find
Step 4: Edit the title portion of the XML so you don't accidentally reveal your real name!
Step 5: Remove Any Website Feeds not pertaining to the Sims 3

After this is all done, you'll be ready to share your XML file. You can zip it up and upload it to a hosting site like Mediafire and share it with others! To import news feeds, you simply follow steps 1 & 2, then select the "Choose File" button, navigate to where you saved your file, select it and then click "Upload." You should be done!

Special Thanks To

Liv Lukas for their video (for Sims 2) on organizing CC. The part about Google Reader was brilliant!

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